It’s a renovator’s dream – granite slabs for a GTA
home makeover. And it’s not just because granite is a beautiful stone that
comes in a variety of colours. Nor is it just the majesty that an undivided
granite slab – with its colour striations and inflections – adds to a room or countertop.
Granite is tough. As such, it excels as a countertop
because it is heat and fire resistant. Placing a hot pot right off the stove onto
a granite surface will not damage it. The surface can also be used as a cutting
board because it doesn’t scratch. If the granite has been properly sealed,
foreign substances can’t penetrate its surface, and it is easily cleaned.
As slab flooring – or tile – the toughness of granite
makes it suitable for high traffic areas of the home. For flooring and smaller
jobs such as backsplashes, the tile choice is perhaps more practical and
economical. Tiles fit unusual-shaped areas easily and are easier to replace.
Granite has two drawbacks. It does require
professional sealing periodically. And its cost point is high – though the home
renovator more than recoups that through the increased resale value of their
to Buy Granite
There’s a lot to learn about granite: the colours, its
variations, and things to watch out for like pits and cracks. You need the help
of a dealer, one that specializes in natural stone and has a tangible love for
it. You also need to look over large pieces of granite – slabs – rather than
just samples. The stone, especially in slab form, needs to be seen in its
totality. Only then can you see the full interplay of colours and striations in
The dealer should have a good variety in stock.
Granite is not just available in a dour grey – it comes in a jaw-dropping range
of colours with exotic names like Blue Baha or Arctic Cream. And you need to
find the one that will work best with your decor.
An established dealer will have a track record you can
check. And it bears repeating: this should not be a purchase made at a big box
store. This is a job for a specialist who has a real stake and love for the
stone. An expert will help you with your selection and follow up with the
fabrication and installation.
What does fabrication mean exactly – and how does it
The fabricator is the craftsman who takes the raw
granite slab that you have selected at the dealership and turns it into a
gorgeous countertop or floor. The best fabricators are independent contractors
who cut and polish the stone to the specifications of the area in which it will
be installed. The process includes edge bevelling, cut-outs and then the
polishing. Fabricators can also etch designs on the surface. The fabricator
then brings the finished product to your home and installs it, or co-works on
Finally, your granite slab has been transformed and is
now enhancing the beauty of your GTA home.